Before O’Dark thirty on Barbara’s birthday we crawled into Hi Ho
and headed south for the “Intel Oregon FIRST LEGO League 2014 Qualifying Tournament” hosted by Evergreen Air and Space Museum. McMinnville Oregon
They have a lot of neat displays including a SR 71
And of course the featured display
Cari is the 4-H leader for the Newport Oregon Club,
The idea is each team program their robot made from Lego
They have a series of “Missions” to complete on a preset course.
They have 2.5 minutes to complete as many “Missions” as possible with points scored for each one completed.
The team registers
Neat team shirts
They compete in 3 rounds over the course of 4 hours.
They set up the robot
They are judged on each round
Getting ready for round 2
The team watch
One of the other teams
Then we break for lunch
They brought wrist bands to trade with other team members
And finally waiting for the end results
We move on, see you in January 2015 at the State competitions
Pizza with the family to celebrate Barbara’s birthday complete with really BIG cupcakes special delivery by Harlyn.
Then back into Hi Ho and a quick stop at Rundi’s and then home , it was a long (16 hour) day but well worth the trip
Tuesday morning we climbed into good ole Hi Ho, picked up Stephenie Welch and headed for Idaho. We got to Meridian late afternoon and met Stephenie’s son and family at the grade school open house. Barbara and I then continued east for a few more miles. After a good night’s sleep we headed for Brigham City Utah where we met Sister Lance and Lici for lunch at the famous Maddox Ranch House. “Utah’s Family Dining Destination” Then we did some shopping at the fruit stand across the road (in 99 degree weather), back into the air conditioned Hi Ho and off to Provo where Stephen had already used his smart phone to turn the air conditioner on and the house was nice and cool.
Next morning we headed back to Salt Lake City for some time in the Family History Center.
Barbara took a class on how to get started teaching others about family history and I went to the “Australian” section and did some research. Very productive for both of us. We have been told many times never to eat at a place called “Moms” Well we found a Chinese restaurant called “Mom’s Kitchen” and just had to stop.
The large screen TV had a news feed from Taiwan and not in English and no subtitles. The menu did have English subtitles so we could figure out what we wanted to eat. Not bad and we laughed most of the time.
Next day we attended the event we have driven to Utah to see. The Autumn Classic Arabian Show
Brooklyn was riding her two horses in. First event was Brooklyn and “Flip”
First place and first blue ribbon. Second event was with “Slick”
Second blue ribbon. Next event Slick again.
Third Event third blue ribbon. Forth event Flip again and again blue ribbon and also Grand Champion
Her stable mate was Reserve Grand Champion
Eager spectators watch the exciting show
Last day and last event. Come on Slick.
And of course the fifth blue ribbon and second Grand Champion of the show.
Total count 2 horses = 5 blue ribbons and each horse a Grand Champion.
And to finish off the show, both girls and their “loot”
And the star of the show
Once the show was over we did some quick site seeing in Provo and visited the site of the new Provo temple
Back to Idaho, went to my grand niece’s baby shower in Emmett, Idaho. Held in the local park with “lots” of attendees.
Dinner with some more family in Nampa, spent the night in Meridian and then picked up Stephenie for an uneventful trip home.
Tuesday afternoon Barbara boarded the southbound Amtrak
at the new almost finished good looking Tukwilla station. Her destination was Rundi’s in Vancouver.
She would meet up with Rundi, Cari, Reegan and Ella. Cari and the girls had been there over a week. Reegan was well into her second week of “Theater camp” and Ella had finished her week long Portland Timbers’ soccer camp and was “BORED”. Grandma’s job was to help Ella with her back to school clothes shopping. I stayed home, visited with my brother and his wife, got a couple project finished and caught up on my Formula One races.
Saturday morning Cari’s parents came to our home and we all three jump into faithful Hi Ho
and headed south also. We met up with all the ladies and Harlyn who had arrived the night before. Reegan’s end of camp’s performance was scheduled for 2:30PM that day.
After resting at Rundi’s we got into two cars and headed to Portland for the Children’s theater.
Junie Save the Day! was the name of the play.
Reegan played Charlotte
and as it turns out also the “Magic Mirror on the Wall”
Lots of great lines as they do “Fractured Fairy Tales” as the class project.
She even had a singing part
It closed with much applause and cast photos.
We all went back to Rundi’s and had a great “Linner” (the main meal between lunch and dinner)
Barbara, I and Cari’s parents got into Hi Ho and headed north. Harlyn and his family stayed the night and then headed home. All arrived safely and Rundi got her house back once again.
We all lived happily ever after. THE END
Brooklyn left Utah for Idaho before we did.
The destination was the Arabian horse at the Idaho Center in Nampa Idaho.
Barbara and I jumped (slowing that is) into Hi Ho Silver
and headed east. We had a little time before we watch Brooklyn ride so we went to a youth Rodeo near my sister Jill’s place. We watched Sydnee (her granddaughter) ride in a couple of events. While we were watching we saw this young man, probably 6 or 7, with a HUGE belt buckle.
Back to the Idaho center and watched Brooklyn ride both of her horses.
Between shows we did some sightseeing. In Kuna we saw this sign and had to take the picture as Brooklyn turned 17 earlier last month
Also another interesting sign.
We then drove by where our grandparents lived in the white house (notice the color now)forever.
The willow tree in the front yard was still there but much bigger now.
It is over 80 years old. We had fun swinging on it when we were kids but if we broke a part off it was used to, how do you say, well let’s just say we were encouraged with the broken piece not to do it again.
Back to the show where Brooklyn & Slick won a Grand Champion ribbon and we were all very happy.
We had a family BBQ at our sister Janice’s home. This was very nice of her as she was getting ready for her wedding a short two weeks in the future. Great times by all and we got to catch up on what the families were doing.
After the show was over we climbed into ole Silver and faded into the Western sun set and safely home.
After Church on Sunday we jumped into Hi Ho Silver
and headed south again. We spent the night at Rundi’s then the 3 of us headed further south. Our final destination was The Newport Performing Arts Center, Newport Oregon for the 7th Street Players of NIS and INMS presentation of Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.”
This was Reegan’s end of the year school play. And as always the whole family participated. Cari did costumes and props, Volunteer organizer and set finalization, Harlyn was staging assistance at the PAC, Reegan was one of the Harem girls and Ella was the second hump in the camel (North end headed south) The young man who played the Genie did a great “Elvis”. It was a great show and well worth the trip.
Between the last rehearsal and the first performance the girls got to relax and blow off a little steam at the playground next to the PAC.
We spend the night with Harlyn’s family and then they went off to practice the next morning and Barbara, Rundi and I headed north towards home. Dropped Rundi off and we made it safely home.
Memorial Day weekend we left home on Thursday headed south to our favorite layover stop Rundi’s
We met up with Harlyn’s family for our belated family Christmas outing. We went to the NW Children’s Theater
to see Little Red “Riding Hood”
It was set in 1958 and was the story of Ruby “Red” who wanted to take shop class and not home economics. How her battle with the “accepted norm” work out as she and her “Rosie the Riveter” type grandmother
We then went back to Rundi’s and Harlyn and Cari fixed a wonderful BBQ dinner. We all (at least I did) eat way too much of the delicious food. We all departed and went our separate ways home. Rundi of course got to take a nap when we all left/
Barbara and I drove up the Columbia River to Astoria, stopping along the at estate and garage sales. In Astoria we had lunch and the “River View Lounge, Buffet and BBQ on the pier”. Nice view even though it was overcast. We then headed on towards home across the 2 mile bridge at the mouth of the Columbia.
9 hours for the normal 2.5 hour drive home from Rundi’s
Friday morning I jumped into good ole faithful
and headed south. Barbara couldn’t go as she had other commitments
I stopped in Chehalis to visit my cousin Leona then on south so spend the night at Rundi’s. I had some spare time before she got home from work and I had some errands to run in Portland to I visited a couple of the old houses we lived in. The first one was
Next was the last home we lived in before we moved to Kent
Saturday morning Rundi and I headed for McMinnville, Or to the Evergreen Space Museum
And the purpose of this trip was another Lego event, this time with Ella.
They are the “Brick Stackers”
We all waited with them
They had a short opening ceremony with the introduction of all the teams.
The team was taken into the room where their display was along with “Special guests”.
They were asked questions about their display
and more of the same, notice dad in the background taking photos
After the showing and explaining we had time to tour the Space museum and see some of the displays
They have a neat shuttle
And of course the main attraction
Then back to Rundi’s and then home to watch the opening of the F1 Series from Melbourne Australia
After serving at the Kent Bishops’ Storehouse Saturday we climbed in to Hi Ho
and headed east. We were headed to Scottsdale for the Arabian horse show.
First of course we had to go through Oregon. This is what we woke up to in Pendleton.
We stopped in Nampa, ID to have lunch with my sister Jill, her granddaughter Sydnee, my niece Stephanie and her husband Roger. After we figured out Barbara could be the “Agent of death” we headed on east then south. We spent the second night in Jackpot NV. Driving down Nevada we came across this “stop”
then on to Las Vegas for the third night. We decided to take a side trip and drive down onto Hoover dam.
Then on to Jerry & Jane’s for our base of operations. We got to visit the Gilbert Arizona Temple open house
Then we had dinner in Mesa AZ at an Old LDS chapel that has been converted to a restaurant and reception house.
They have a great salad ROOM.
It seemed a little funny eating dinner in the old chapel. Wonderful old windows.
Finally we attended our first day at the Arabian horse show.
All of Brooklyn’s events were in the Equidome.
Friday night of the show Jerry & Jane came to the show. Some good friends who now live in Glendale, Dan and Melissa McAfee, came to visit with us as the show also.
The show lasted 5 days for us. On Saturday afternoon, my brother Jerry and his wife Jane hosted a BBQ for all the gang from the “Stables”. They also picked fresh citrus to take home (and some we ate there)
Sunday morning we went to church with Albert and Donna Jean in Apache Junction. Good to see them again. I have know them since the mid 60’s.
Monday evening we had dinner at the Texas Roadhouse in Mesa. A friend of ours from Kent, Ashley, works there and we were able to eat in her section. Great food and even greater service.
Tuesday morning we are off headed west (kind of). We went to Yuma for more site seeing
They had a list of some of the famous prisoners. Here are two.
After we left Yuma we headed toward Palm Desert to visit some friends and drop off fresh citrus to be shipped to Alaska. Not far north of El Centro we were stopped by a border patrol check point. About a mile before the actual checkpoint we passed about 30 portable cameras that took pictures of everything. When we got to the checkpoint more cameras and lots of dogs. We were waved through by a not too friendly agent. We found out later that a border patrol agent had been shot in San Diego the evening before. As we approached our friends place and were waiting at the light to make a left hand turn, a border patrol pickup pulled over a car, one of the agents jumped out of the passenger’s side of the pickup even before it had made a complete stop, gun in hand, and ran towards the stop car. The light then changed for us and we got out of there. Never did hear any more about that.
More driving west on I-10 and trough LA and to the Pacific Coast Highway. Stopped at McDonald’s, Malibu (they have a great view of the ocean). We took a side trip up Malibu Canyon into the Santa Monica mountains. We come to a County/State/Federal park that was the site of King Gillette’s old mansion.
Some famous people have property up here.
Then on to 101, right through down town San Francisco, cross the Golden Gate Bridge
We stopped near Santa Rosa and had lunch with a longtime ( I would say old but that would get me in trouble) friend Marsha and her grandson. Another night on the road and then north towards the Giant Redwoods.
The least we paid for gas was $2.99 per gallon in Las Vegas and the most in California
There are wild Elk just north of here.
Another night on the road then one more night at Rundi’s then home. After we left Baker City at the first part of the trip we had great weather until just before Olympia as we got home.
15 days and over 4100 miles we had a great time. Thanks to all who helped us.
Friday afternoon we jumped into good ole faithful Hi Ho Silver
and headed south to Rundi’s to spend the night. The next morning our trip continued with Rundi added as a passenger. We drove along the Oregon coast
and had some wonderful views.
Our destination was Newport, OR to see the Coastal Act Productions of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
Harlyn was the music director this year
and Reegan played numerous parts.
Reegan played a child in the Pharaoh’s court
and one of Jacob’s grandchildren
but her lead role was the goat who was killed to put blood on Joseph’s coat
This lead us to tell her she needed a better agent. In “Titanic the Musical” she was a 3rd class passenger who died when the ship sank. In “Alice” she was a clam that was eaten, and now slaughtered in this play. She seems to be cast in roles she “dies for”.
After the afternoon performance we took the 2 girls for something to eat and then dropped them off for their final show. Barbara, Rundi and I headed back to Rundi’s for the night.
They won the right to represent their region in the state competition. They get a robot and then they add to it with Lego pieces to do a series of “Missions”.
They had 3 tables set up for the action.
Each mission lasted 2 minutes 30 seconds.
The action was shown on the “Jumbo-tron”
Two team members ran the robot and the others looked on.
We all had a great time and it was VERY enjoyable to see and the interest the kids had. “We will get them next year”.
Then we headed back to Rundi’s for the night and them home for the two of us.
The tree was up
and the stockings were hung up the staircase with care.
The Saturday before Christmas I had the privilege of serving at the Kent Washington Bishops’ Storehouse. When I got home, Barbara had everything ready to go and we jumped into good ole “Hi Ho Silver”
and headed south to Rundi’s. KFC for dinner on the road and finally Rundi’s. Good night’s sleep then off to Newport Oregon to attend our youngest grandchild, Ella’s baptism.
She looked beautiful in the dress Grandma made for her and the new shoes her Aunt Rundi got for her.
It was a great program with the whole family being involved. Grandma Colleen lead the music, Aunt Rundi gave the opening prayer, Grandma Barbara gave the talk on baptism, her father baptized her
with Grandpa Orson and Grandpa Jack as witnesses. Then uncle Spencer gave the talk on the Holy Ghost and her dad confirmed her with the aid of the two grandfathers, her uncle and two others. Grandma Colleen again lead the music for the closing song and her BIG sister Reegan gave the closing prayer.
We then had some very good homemade soup and other tasty goodies. Rundi, Barbara and I took off headed north to Rundi’s again.
Monday we had a lazy day then off to look at Christmas lights in the Vancouver WA area. This was after we got the lights on Rundi’s naivety display working again.
Tuesday was another not too busy day then we were off to see “Saving Mr. Banks” at the Cinetopia Theater at Vancouver Mall.
This is a movie place where you sit in a lounge area, order dinner and then watch the movie. Great movie using your whole range of emotions. We then went home and snuggled in and waited for Santa.
Christmas morning we had McDonald’s for breakfast, open gifts,
talked to family and got ready for one of our Christmas traditions.
One of our (my) favorite Christmas shows is “Christmas Story”
and so now we go to a Chinese restaurant for our dinner.
Great food and good company as Dan and his wife Ping joined us. She has recently come to the US from China so she ordered and we all ate very well.
Back to Rundi’s and then more Hallmark Christmas Chick Flicks, and to bed.
Headed home on Thursday and “A good night to all”
Happy New Year